HP's Back-to-School Laptops, Hybrids Get More Options

The new school-aimed HP notebooks and convertible laptops/tablets will arrive in May and June, with a host of processor and memory choices, as well as lots of vivid color options.

HP school laptops and tablets

Hewlett-Packard is wasting no time unveiling its first round of back-to-school convertible laptops/tablets and notebooks for students by announcing a wide range of models with releases scheduled for May and June, in plenty of time before the start of the new school year in August.

The company on April 22 announced the latest HP Pavilion and Envy convertibles and Pavilion notebooks with plenty of processor, graphics and display choices to match the devices to the needs of students.

The new HP Pavilion x360 convertible and the HP ENVY x360 premium convertible, which is built with features found in a typical high-performance notebook, each can be flipped and configured into a notebook mode for working, a standing mode for watching video content, a tent mode for playing games or a tablet mode for on-the-go use, according to HP. In addition, the latest HP Pavilion notebooks are highly customizable, with lots of hardware choices, including discrete graphics, higher-resolution displays and more vibrant color choices.

The new machines are the first HP consumer PCs to be available with improved sound systems from Bang & Olufsen and the latest B&O Play audio capabilities as part of a recent audio partnership between the companies.

"Customers told us that they wanted more color choices, more hardware options and better battery life in our Pavilion notebooks and x360 convertible PCs," Mike Nash, vice president of portfolio strategy and customer experience for HP's personal systems division, said in a statement. "With our 2015 Pavilion line up, we have combined bold new colors from Milan with the latest processors to give customers systems with a fresh new look that delivers better performance and battery life across the board."

Both the HP Pavilion x360s and HP ENVY x360 models have new hinges that use three spiral gears for synchronized and precise movement to allow users to position the display at just the right angle for any use, according to HP.

Pavilion x360 Models

The Pavilion x360 comes in 11- or 13-inch models, both of which include high-definition In-Plane Switching (IPS) displays, while the 13-inch model includes a full-HD display option. Both models include B&O Play audio.

The 11-inch HP Pavilion uses a fanless design and is now available with Intel Core M-5Y10C processors in addition to Intel Celeron or Pentium processors, according to HP. With a powerful 32-watt-hour battery and an Intel Core M processor, the new 11-inch Pavilion x360 now has up to four more hours of power than the previous Pentium-based model, according to HP, giving users up to 8 hours and 15 minutes of battery life. The 11-inch Pavilion x360 can be purchased with up to 8GB of RAM.

The battery life for the 13-inch Pavilion x360 promises to be even better, with up to 10 hours and 45 minutes of battery life, an increase of about 2.5 more hours from the previous version, according to HP. The 13-inch HP Pavilion x360 supports fifth-generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processors and standard hard drives up to 1TB of hard-disk drives (HDDs) or solid-state drives (SSDs) up to 128GB. The 13-inch Pavilion x360 can be equipped with up to 16GB of RAM.

In addition, the latest Pavilion x360 models come in new colors, with the 11-inch HP Pavilion x360 available in Natural Silver, Sunset Red, Violet Purple and Minty Green, while the 13-inch Pavilion x360 comes in Natural Silver and Sunset Red.

The 11- and 13-inch HP Pavilion x360 models are expected to be available in the United States on May 13 directly from HP and through select retailers starting June 21 at prices ranging from $409.99 to $529.99, depending on configuration.